The Little Epicurean

Feb 26 2015

Baked Kimchi Fried Rice

Baked Kimchi "Fried" Rice

Every once in a while, my dad will announce a new change in his diet.  This is usually brought on by a recent check up from his doctor.  If his doctor makes any note about his weight, cholesterol, or blood sugar- you betcha there’s going to be some changes.  You see, my dad is a problem solver.  Whether the matter is big or small, he must find a solution.  Cardio vascular activities and exercise is a given.  Ever since he retired, he spends all his time gardening, climbing trees, and hiking around.  But food… that’s a tough one in our family.

One month he won’t eat any chocolate or sweets. (Which is probably super difficult with a daughter who comes to visit with a box of baked goodies.)  Another month, he’ll give up eating red meat.  But one constant he always tries to refrain from- fried foods.   This is insane for a fried food loving family.  Tempura, tonkatsu, fried chicken, doughnuts!, eggrolls, French fries…

On a recent family dinner, my dad ordered fried rice.  My brother and I quickly intervened and ordered plain steamed rice instead.  We had to explain, “DAD, fried rice is… fried!”  Technically, it’s stir-fried, but it’s fried nonetheless and it’s oily.

Thinking about my dad and his love for fried rice, I began searching for alternatives.  BINGO! I found the oven-baked pineapple fried rice from my friend Sarah (Snixy Kitchen) and the baked fried brown rice from Oh My Veggies.  I looked in my fridge and baked kimchi fried rice was born.

Baked Kimchi "Fried" Rice

My mom has taught me to always used day old, cold rice when making fried rice.  I figured I should do the same for this baked “fried” rice.  While my two inspirations used brown rice, I just can’t make the switch.  I love white rice way too much.

Store bought kimchi works perfectly well, but if you are one of those all from scratch types, I suggest trying this homemade kimchi by my friend Ellen (In My Red Kitchen).

Baked Kimchi "Fried" Rice

Feb 23 2015

Avocado Kale Smoothie

Avocado Kale Smoothie

I’m back from my short but super sweet weekend at Disney World.  I was there this past weekend to participate in the Disney Princess Half Marathon.  It was a 13.1 mile run from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom and back to Epcot.  After a long run like that, my body craves smoothies and juices. This avocado

Feb 19 2015

Chocolate Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

Chocolate Walnut Cinnamon Rolls

I add a dash of ground cinnamon to my morning coffee.  I like to steep cinnamon in my almond milk.  A pinch of cinnamon is required in all my oatmeals.  And obviously my favorite sugary cereal as a child was Cinnamon Toast Crunch.  So… I find it confusing that a cinnamon lover like me has

Feb 17 2015

Banana Butterscotch Almond Tart

Banana Butterscotch Almond Tart

Confession: I’ve never read the Harry Potter series. I KNOW.  I, too, am wondering what took me so long.  I’ve seen some of the movies.  And thanks to my best friend, I’ve even been to a number of book release parties back in the day.  But for some reason, I just never got around to

Feb 11 2015

Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

Blood Orange Bourbon Cocktail

My all time favorite cocktail is the old fashioned.  It’s the very first cocktail recipe I shared on my blog.  Although it’s a simple drink, when prepared correctly it’s magical. There’s something about the play of orange and bourbon that just works together.  During the holidays, I created cranberry orange bourbon concoction.  It was such a hit with friends,

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